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SKINCARE MYTHS

WHICH OF THESE ARE CHEMICALS

CHERRY BLOSSOMS

UNKNOWN SUBSTANCE

LEMON WATER

PEONIES

A LARGE ROCK

POUTINE

MYTH ONE

EVERYTHING YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN ENDS UP IN YOUR BLOODSTREAM

Not true or we would all end up as big inflated bags of water.

The reality is that between 0% and 100% of what you apply to your skin can end up in your bloodstream so either some or none.

The amount of ingredients going into our skin depends on many factors such as the ingredient eg. carrier oils will penetrate into the very top layer of the epidermis (stratum corneum) and generally go no further, while essential oils can penetrate into your bloodstream.

Also, the health of your skin and your environment (e.g. the temperature, humidity).

MYTH TWO

IT IS SAID THAT IT TAKES 26 SECONDS FOR A COSMETIC INGREDIENT TO REACH YOUR BLOODSTREAM

When patches that are created by drug companies do not even penetrate the bloodstream within 26 seconds.

Again, it is merely impossible as some ingredients will penetrate rapidly that is if it reaches, while some will pool in your skin and be released within
days.

It also depends on the molecule size of the ingredient and which part of the body it is applied as some part of the body have thinner skin.

MYTH THREE

THE AVERAGE WOMAN’S BODY ABSORBS 4LBS 6OZ OF CHEMICALS EVERY YEAR

One cannot put a specific figure on the number of ingredients that enter our body every year.

4lbs 6oz is a very specific figure and one would have to commence a clinical trial to create such a definite fact.

In fact, some chemicals will enter our bodies and others will not make it through the top layer of skin (stratum corneum).

MYTH FOUR

MINERAL OIL STOPS THE SKIN FROM BREATHING

Firstly, the skin does not actually breath as it does not have a respiratory system on its own.

The molecules of Mineral oil are so large they it will only create an occlusive layer that will sit on the top of the outer layer of your skin (the stratum corneum of the epidermis) such as plant oil.

The difference with plant oils is that they have a similar composition as that of our sebum, naturally produced by our skin.

MYTH FIVE

NATURAL SKINCARE IS CHEMICALFREE

To give you the answers for the quiz at the start of this article, everything is a chemical including the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe.

Obviously, when people say that their skincare product is chemical-free it is meant that the product is synthetic-free or toxin-free. It is now illegal to label skincare products paraben-free in the UK.

Keep in mind also that natural ingredients don’t mean it’s always safe, as there are lots of natural ingredients that are dangerous and should be evaded in our skincare products.

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